JFK’s Casket Dumped at Sea

Source: Associated Press, March 28, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bronze casket used to transport President Kennedy’s body from Dallas to Washington was dropped from a military plane into the ocean two years after he was killed, according to assassination documents. Kermit L. Hall, a member of the now-defunct Assassination Records Review Board, said Friday that documents to be released Tuesday by the National Archives show that the casket was flown several miles off the Maryland-Delaware coast in early 1965 and dumped in an area where the military discards unstable and outdated weapons and ammunition. The reasons for the disposal aren’t clear, but it fuels speculation among assassination researchers that it was discarded to hide foul play….


Ruby was also a friend of Chief Curry and Captain Fritz. (Chief Curry, in fact, was present when Johnson was sworn in as president on Air Force One.) Johnson’s right to appoint the Secretary of the Navy actually plays a critical part in the assassination. This is how Johnson controlled high-level officers like Admiral Calvin Galloway even before the murder.

Like the Texas coroner in the Marshall case, the Bethesda coroner, James Humes, would present a deliberately misleading autopsy to throw off honest investigators. Again we see the hand of Johnson.

By Texas law, the President’s body could not be removed from Parkland Memorial Hospital until Dr. Earl Rose performed an autopsy. But before that could happen Johnson ordered that the body be immediately flown to Washington, where his own coroners would be in charge. The first priority– make sure it would look like the work of a single gunman.

The Decoy Ambulance

When the First Lady arrived at the Bethesda Naval Hospital at about 6:55-7:05 p.m., November 22, 1963– she arrived at the front of the building with a heavily guarded casket that was actually empty.

Another navy ambulance had arrived earlier, which was driven by a man in a white surgical smock. That driver was Admiral Galloway. It pulled up at the rear of the building, and a
grayish-pink shipping casket was unloaded. In Dallas the president was tenderly wrapped in a white linen shroud and placed in a bronze ceremonial casket. By the time Kennedy’s body arrived in Bethesda it was in a cheap shipping casket, and wrapped in a body bag. The final, cruelest indignity was that Kennedy was stripped naked and bereft of his shroud when they unzipped the bag.

You can imagine the surprise of the doctor falsely attributed with the original autopsy. At the Bethesda Naval Hospital, autopsy assistant Paul O’Conner could only describe Cmdr. James Joseph Humes as uncharacteristically “scared to death” when he unzipped the body bag, looked into Kennedy’s skull, and he saw no brain. Naturally. The brain contained evidence of trajectory and bullet fragments.

“Moreover, we know the identities of several of the individuals who were involved in the cover-up. These persons could be subpoenaed and finally asked tough, probing questions about their disgraceful behavior–and, if caught lying under oath, could be prosecuted for perjury. Who are these individuals? In my opinion, the list includes former WC counsels Arlen Specter and Wesley Liebeler, the three autopsy doctors, certain active and retired FBI agents and CIA officers, and former Dallas police lieutenant J. C. Day.”

From Preface; “More than a Reasonable Doubt” by Michael Griffith

The participants will reportedly present new data to support the version about the “CIA conspiracy.” According to the theory, CIA agents might have replaced Kennedy’s brain with that of another person during the president’s autopsy.



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